Roubo Hybrid Bench from start to finish #2: What I got from what I had

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Blog entry by Jamie Speirs posted 05-16-2012 01:43 PM 2262 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Why & With What Part 2 of Roubo Hybrid Bench from start to finish series Part 3: Over My Dead Body »

Well the thing I love about wood

especially an orphan piece like this one

Is that it can only get better, I hope :)

It looks huge and if it were not for the flaws

It would make a big bench

Ok, it aint going to be a 6’ bench

If I could only use the full piece

I like the idea of one side being rustic

The rot on the right hand corner means that

I’m going to have to get a much narrower tha

the 18” that I hoped for

Well I did not see that coming

That rot is deep

Well It needs ripped further

It may be that I only get a bench for the Grandson :)


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#1 posted 05-16-2012 01:46 PM

Whatever it takes to use it, that old piece of wood is wonderful!

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#2 posted 05-16-2012 01:47 PM

I’m sure you will make something good out of whatever is usable Jamie.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 05-16-2012 01:54 PM

that rot is horrible, unfortunately you always have the chance of finding that out (too late). Maybe you can make a hybrid by adding some narrow pieces (butcher block type) in the middle between the 2 massive chunks to add some depth to it and still keep the natural ‘large’ look of it?

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#4 posted 05-16-2012 02:20 PM

If you can not find some thing to do with it send to me

-- Robert Laddusaw and no I am not smarter then a fifth grader ( and no I canot spell so if it is a problem don't read it ))

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#5 posted 05-16-2012 03:01 PM

Hopefully you will find a bigger and better slab somewhere to make that bench you want and need, but I
am sure that slab will find a good project to live up to. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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